In response to cities requesting assistance in transporting children to school, Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday activated the Massachusetts National Guard to act as drivers.
Baker’s order will make up to 250 personnel available. Beginning on Tuesday, 90 National Guard members will begin training to transport children to school in Chelsea, Lawrence, Lowell and Lynn.
The members of the National Guard will serve as drivers of school transport vans known as “7D vehicles.” Before any member of the National Guard drives a 7D vehicle, the state said they will complete training and meet all the requirements to drive the vans.
The need for drivers arrives as staff shortages have plagued certain school districts in the state.
Baker’s orders will not interfere with the National Guard’s ability to respond to and assist in emergencies in Massachusetts, the state said.